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On Day of Rage, Palestinians burn Trump, Pompeo, and Netanyahu, Fatah official participates

Nan Jacques Zilberdik  |

  • Kids left school to participate in “Day of Rage” processions, obeying instructions from the PA Ministry of Education

The Palestinian leadership called for Tuesday to be a “Day of Rage” to protest US Secretary of State Pompeo’s announcement that the US no longer views Israeli settlements in the West Bank as being “inconsistent with international law.” 

Many Palestinians took to the streets to participate in the “Day of Rage,” including Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner of NGOs Dalal Salameh, who joined the ceremonial burning of images of US President Trump, US Secretary of State Pompeo, and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu in Nablus. 

Fatah official Salameh is identified by the red circle 

Abbas’ Fatah Movement chose to promote this event and posted the images with the following text:

Posted text: “Burning pictures of [Israeli] occupation Prime Minister [Benjamin Netanyahu], US President [Donald Trump], and his Secretary of State [Mike Pompeo] during a protest procession in Nablus against the American steps.”

[Official Fatah Facebook page, Nov. 26, 2019]

Palestinian Media Watch reported that the PA Ministry of Education urged children to participate in the “Day of Rage” processions, so much so that the ministry closed all PA schools for an hour in the middle of the day to ensure children would join the demonstrations. And indeed, kids participated in the rallies, a fact that Fatah promoted on Facebook. In the image below children with their school backpacks are seen at a “Day of Rage” rally:

[Official Fatah Facebook page, Nov. 26, 2019]

This is not the first time Palestinians have burnt in effigy or otherwise shown their disrespect for members of the US administration or the Israeli government. Earlier this year, in protest of the US-initiated Bahrain Conference, Palestinians hung an effigy of Trump on the gallows and burned it: 

The following are longer excerpts of the posts above:

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the US administration’s new position on Israeli towns in the West Bank on Nov. 18, 2019, stating: "After carefully studying all sides of the legal debate... the establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not, per se, inconsistent with international law."

Posted text with photo of kids at “Day of Rage” rally: “Processions of rage in Jenin condemning the crime of prisoner [Sami] Abu Diak’s execution (i.e., Diak died of cancer while he was serving 3 life sentences; see note below), and condemning the American decisions regarding the settlements (refers to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s statement that they are not illegal; see note below –Ed.)”

Text on posters in photo of kids at “Day of Rage” rally: “The [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, the Fatah Movement – Jenin branch, and the [PA-funded] Prisoners’ Club are leading [the way] with great pride to the wedding (i.e., Martyr's funeral is considered wedding to the 72 Virgins in Paradise in Islam) of Martyr prisoner leader Sami Abu Diak, who was executed in the Israeli occupation prison by medical means on Nov. 26, 2019 (sic., Abu Diak died of cancer despite treatment he received in prison from Israel).”

[Official Fatah Facebook page, Nov. 26, 2019]

Sami Ahed Abu Diak - Palestinian terrorist who shot and murdered Israeli civilian Ilya Krivitz in Silat Al-Dhar northwest of Nablus on June 20, 2001, and also murdered 3 Palestinians in 2001 who he suspected of aiding Israel. Abu Diak was arrested in 2002, and was serving 3 life sentences and an additional 30 years. Abu Diak died in prison of cancer on Nov. 26, 2019; Israel had provided cancer treatment for him during his imprisonment.